Filed under: Style in the media
This weekend my girlfriend and I were in Target, where she found a $12 pair of shoes that looked way cooler than the significantly more expensive, boutique-bought pair she had on. Cool shoes for 12 bucks? Score! Even if they don't last, it's worth it when it's so cheap, right?
Maybe not. A recent report from researchers at Cambridge University found that the rise of the "fast fashion" industry -- stores like H&M and Target that sell cheap, trendy clothes that aren't designed to last -- is a growing source of the carbon emissions that contribute to global warming.
While some stores are working toward more eco-friendly ways to produce clothing, many feel that shoppers trying to keep up with ever-evolving trends aren't likely to cut back on consumption.